Friday, 29 August 2014

FIRST LOOK: Ronan Keating stars in ONCE the Musical

Irish recording artist, singer-songwriter and musician Ronan Keating launched his career as a member of Boyzone in 1993 and has subsequently enjoyed a hugely successful career as a solo recording artist. With Boyzone Keating has sold over 25 million records worldwide and as a solo artist 20 million. Before joining the cast of Once, Keating has returned to Australia for a fourth year as a judge on The X-Factor.

The West End production of Once opened in April 2013 went on to win the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music.  In addition, Zrinka Cvitesic won the Best Actress in a Musical Olivier for her performance as Girl.  Once offers audiences a unique opportunity by serving theatregoers Irish drinks from the on-stage bar both before the performance and during the interval.  The Broadway production continues at the Bernard B Jacob’s Theatre.  Later this year an Australian production will open at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne while the US tour continues. The original cast recording of Once is available via Masterworks Broadway, a label of Sony Masterworks - 
From the 17 November 2014 the Once London cast comprises Ronan Keating (Guy) and Jill Winternitz (Girl) together with Fiona Bruce (Baruška), Jamie Cameron (EmceeMark Carlisle (Da), Matthew Ganley (Švec), Mathew Hamper (Andrej), Daniel Healy (Eamon),Loren O’Dair (Reza), Miria Parvin (Ex-Girlfriend), Tim Prottey-Jones (Billy), and Jez Unwin(Bank Manager).   Alternating the role of Girl’s young daughter Ivanka will be Pacha Busby,Rebecca ConnollyTigan Hawes and Audrey Newman.  David Hunter continues in the role of Guy until 15 November 2014.

Once has book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter Enda Walsh Based on the 2007 motion picture written and directed by John Carney, music and lyrics are by Academy Award® winning Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová who, for Falling Slowly, won the Oscar for Best Original Song.  Directed for the stage by John Tiffany, Once has scenic and costume designs by Bob Crowley, lighting by Natasha Katz, sound by Clive Goodwin, musical supervision and orchestrations by Martin Lowe and movement by Steven Hoggett.  Once won the 2013 Grammy award for Best Musical Theatre album. The Martin Guitar Company is the proud sponsor of Once.

The Producers of the West End production are Barbara BroccoliJohn N. Hart Jr.Patrick Milling Smith, Frederick ZolloBrian Carmody, Michael G. Wilson, Orin Wolf and Michael Rose in association with New York Theatre Workshop.
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